|Pete Ostrowski opens a hive at his Gloucester “beeyard” during a workshop for enthusiasts. (Photo courtesy Pete Ostrowski / January 5, 2013)|
Have you ever thought about becoming a beekeeper?
There’s good reason to seriously consider this backyard pastime.
Bees pollinate our food crops, make honey for us and generally benefit the balance of nature, according to Pete Ostrowski, president of the local Colonial Beekeepers Association.
“Many people who start beekeeping just to get their own honey supply soon find out that the real advantage to keeping bees is that it connects you to the natural world in a very profound and immediate way,” says the Gloucester resident.
“You learn to read the weather, and you become sensitive to the cycle of natural seasons. You will know when certain plants, trees, and shrubs bloom and bud, and how long many flowers and plants will bloom and provide nectar. You will be more aware of rainfall and fluctuations in temperature.
“Finally, you will become aware of how insects and plants cooperate together in the complex web of natural ecology.”
To help you get started, Virginia and local beekeepers are offering some help.
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